So it was time to get some new boots this year as my 2nd set of Ions had packed out and at this point were way to big for me. I tried on DC, Salomon,k2, Ride and pretty much every boot in the store(I wanted to try something non burton)... Tried on this boot. Sold. Ridiculous. Unbelievable Comfort. It has a Nike-looking air sole and it honestly feels like a high end basketball/workout shoe due to the incredible amount of cushioning in the heel. Burtons new imprint 3 liner is also the real deal. On top of that it's low-profile for those of us with large feet. I have a narrow foot and ended up sizing down a size and a half in the grail as the shop heet molded me with a toe cup. I rode the boot today and it's CUSH. It's labeled as a freestyle boot, and has a burton flex rating of 6 which is mid-stiff. Plenty responsive but comfortable as it has an articulating cuff that helps with presses etc. I was expecting some pain today as I bought the boot a little small, but there really was none. Even going from Speed laces to the normal lacing on the grail was flawless with zero adjustments throughtout the day. Heel-hold was excellent with zero heel-lift without j-bars. Much more comfortable than my Ions. This is an almost perfect all mountain boot that has the comfort of an athletic shoe. A slayer in any situation. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I'm grabbing a second pair in purple as soon as they go on sale.